Child Care

We humbly suggest:

  • Children thrive best in healthy and stable families.
  • Child care is the care of the child, no matter who provides that care.
  • Public policy on childcare should
    • place the child’s wellbeing first,
    • recognize that children and families have diverse needs and situations, and
    • be equitable and flexible to accommodate the various childcare options that families may choose to meet their needs.

Supporting Research

Look Before You Leap: The Real Costs and Complexities of National Daycare
Andrea Mrozek, Peter Jon Mitchell, Brian Dijkema
May 6, 2021
The federal budget of 2021 offers national daycare at a cost of $30 billion over five years, with an annual cost of $9.2 billion after that. This sounds like a lot of funding, but is it enough? This research report offers a detailed assessment of the real cost of national daycare and the amounts that provincial governments will realistically be responsible for contributing once the federal funding is spent.
A Positive Vision for Child Care Policy Across Canada
January 21, 2019
Avoiding the social and economic pitfalls of "universal" child care.
Exit Covid: What have we learned, and where should Canada be focusing post-pandemic?
Robert Joustra
June 22, 2021
Imagine Canada like a car: we’ve just had the rare experience of smashing our economy, culture, and society into a brick wall at high speed—whether through the disease itself or our response to it. And like crash-test engineers, we now have to perform the analysis. What did we learn? How did we fare? What performed better than expected, and what worse? And, most importantly, where do we go from here?

Explorations

COVID Hope From Healthy Families
Convivium
Winnie Lui, Todd Martin
November 13, 2020
Winnie Lui reports on research by Trinity Western sociologist Todd Martin revealing that around the world even the hardships of the pandemic have become sources of family strength.
What’s Wrong With Canada’s Child Care Picture?
Convivium
Peter Stockland, Peter Jon Mitchell
September 17, 2019
Peter Jon Mitchell, acting director of Cardus Family, details a new report showing how federal and provincial child care policies distort the way Canadians care for their kids.
Encouraging Faith and Family
Convivium
Ray Pennings
June 27, 2019
The issues of social isolation and loneliness in Canada are important challenges in our times, writes Cardus Executive Vice President Ray Pennings. Instead of doing away with family life and religiosity as an attempt at social progress, we should recognize the good these factors play in our lives.

Media Coverage

N.S. child-care spaces to be cut to $10 a day by 2026 with new funding deal
Chronicle Herald
July 14, 2021
The federal and Nova Scotia governments have announced a new deal to heavily subsidize some types of daycare. Activists are applauding, but Cardus Senior Fellow Andrew Mrozek told the Chronicle Herald the new deal won't help most families and could be counter-productive.
The Real Costs and Complexities of Universal Child Care
Institute for Family Studies
June 22, 2021
Our work costing out the federal government’s proposed national daycare system is getting noticed in the United States. “Free or highly subsidized universal day care schemes have the capacity to do a lot more harm than good for most families on both sides of the border,” writes Cardus senior fellow Andrea Mrozek in this article for the Institute for Family Studies.
The many problems with Canada's national daycare plan
Toronto Sun
May 7, 2021
Cardus Family program director, Peter Jon Mitchell and senior fellow Andrea Mitchell explain how the recent federal budget has underestimated the cost of establishing national daycare. It sets up the provinces with both a financial shortfall and failed expectations.

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